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PDVSA's Oil Exports to Asia, Americas Fell in 2014

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's exports to Asia and the Americas fell last year though shipments to Europe increased, according to a preliminary government report issued this month.   The OPEC country's Oil Ministry did not explain the overall drop in exports in its report to Parliament, though ebbing oil output at mature fields and refinery problems towards the end of the year are likely to have crimped shipments.   Asia remained PDVSA's top market last year as Venezuela has sought to diversify away from North America, though shipments to Asia clocked a roughly 8.3 percent drop to 953,000 bpd.   Exports to North America fell about 4.8 percent to 837,000 bpd and those to Latin America dropped 8.5 percent to 418,000. European deliveries increased 11.9 percent to 132,000.   Exports to regional allies under favorable terms dropped last year, part of a trend of Venezuela cutting back on such deliveries amid a severe economic crisis at home.   Around 77,000 barrels per day were sent to key ally Cuba, the report said. It did not provide comparative data, but the figure suggests shipments to the Caribbean island have dropped significantly.   Likewise, exports under regional cooperation agreements such as Petrocaribe fell to 101,000 bpd last year from around 122,000 in 2013.  


Romanian Yard To Cut Losses Ahead Of Sell-off

State-run Romanian Black Sea shipyard Santierul Naval Constanta expects to cut losses this year and to upgrade facilities to make it more attractive ahead of its sell-off, an official said. "Declining traffic in the Constanta Port last year, mainly due to the Yugoslav conflict, has affected our 1999 results," Dan Mocanu, head of the shipyard's privatization department, said. He said the shipyard had losses of $21.9 million last year, but revived port activity was expected to trim these to $7


Asry Expects Operating Income to Hit $135m

Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company (Asry) said that it expected net operating income to reach about $135 million by the end of this year, compared to $111 million last year. The board praised the notable improvement in sales and net profit after depreciation till the end of October, which is estimated at $11.5 million, an 88 percent increase over the net profit for the same period last year of $6.1 million.


Gulf Island Earnings Steady

Houma, La.-based Gulf Island Fabrication reported steady earnings and higher revenue recently. The company’s net income during the quarter that ended Sept. 30 was $10m, the same amount it earned for the period one year ago. On a diluted per share basis, Gulf Island earned 70 cents in the recent quarter, compared with 72 cents last year. However, Gulf Island reported revenue for the recent quarter was $124.9m, up from $89.7m last year.


Global Marine Reports Profit Slump

Offshore oil driller Global Marine Inc. announced that first quarter earnings fell sharply compared with the same period of 1999, but showed signs of stabilization after a steady decline in earnings since mid-1998. After a restructuring charge, net income fell to $12.6 million from $36.8 million in the first quarter of 1999. Its earnings were more or less steady with the final quarter of last year. Revenues totaled $204 million compared to $228 million in the comparable period last year


NNS Earnings Per Share Up 26 %

Newport News Shipbuilding reported net earnings of $20 million, or $.58 per diluted share for the third quarter of 1999. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the quarter were $47 million, up 9 percent from EBIT of $43 million in the same period last year. NNS posted third quarter revenues of $451 million versus $462 million in the third quarter last year.


China Shipbuilding Profit Jumps

According to a report from Ebeling Heffernan, China Shipbuilding Industry Co. (CSIC), the country’s northern shipbuilding giant, said its net profit last year rose 7.28% to about $246b. Due to a recovery in the Global shipbuilding market and a rise in orders, shipbuilding business has increased business 38.17% from the same period last year, it said.   (SourceL Ebeling Heffernan)


Retail Imports Expected to Drop in February

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to drop 8.4 percent in February from the same time last year as the shipping cycle reaches its slowest month of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Ports and distribution centers are getting the break they deserve after the busy holiday season, but it won’t last long


NOL Shares Down 6.8 Percent

Shares of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) slumped as much as 6.8 percent on Monday morning after it said it expects to book a profit for the full year but that the results would be much lower than the previous year. The world's sixth largest container ship operator fell to a 17-month low of S$1.08 before crawling back to S$1.11, down $0.05 in moderate trade of more than two million shares. The Singapore Exchange had suspended the stock after its president and CEO Flemming Jacobs warned of


Tonnage Numbers Steady at U.S. Ports

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U.S. ports continued to post positive tonnage numbers in October. The Seaway’s year-to-date total cargo shipments from March 22 to October 31 were 29 million metric tons, up 2 percent from the same period last year.   “With just two months left in the 2011 navigation season, the Seaway is on track to meet its projected seven percent improvement over last year’s tonnage performance,” says Rebecca Spruill


Shipwrecked Bodies Brought Ashore, EU Proposes Doubling Rescue Effort

The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of some 900 people feared killed in the deadliest shipwreck while trying to reach Europe.  


700+ Migrants Killed in Shipwreck 'the Worst Mediterranean Massacre'

Italian maritime forces carry out rescue operations of migrants in distress on the Mediterranean. File Photo: International Organization for Migration ( IOM )

 More than 700 migrants are feared to have drowned 'like rats in cages' on a smuggler boat because they were locked in the hold when it capsized off the Libyan  and sank in the Mediterranean sea.   The African migrants, who are thought to have included women and children


HK Dockers Threaten to Strike Over Wages

A pic of Hong Kong Dockers Strike (Courtesy: Hong Kong Dockers Union Facebook page)

 The Hong Kong Dockers Union has threatened industrial action - that may involve a strike - if operators continue to ignore their demand for a 8.5-percent wage increase this year.   The union is an affiliate of the Confederation of Trade Unions and made their demands known at the start


Balikatan to Focus on Maritime Security

Image by Exercise Balikatan Government Organization

 Officials from the Philippine and United States armed forces participating in this year's Balikatan exercises, the largest in 15 years,  insisted that the said activities will not zero in on possible response to the issue of the South China Sea.    


China Shipbuilders may Merge to Stay Afloat

Picture by China COSCO Container Shipping

 The China's four state-run shipping-related companies  are reportedly in the initial phases of combining units in order to beef up the national shipbuilding industry, says local media.   The chances of mergers between China Ocean Shipping, China Shipping Container Lines


Khamenei Says Iran Nuclear Weapons are a U.S. "Myth"

Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

 Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week.


PSV Launching Ceremony at Gondan

The New PSV (TBN) for the Norwegian Ship-Owner, Simon Møkster Shipping, has been launched

  At high tide today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, the New PSV (TBN) for the Norwegian Ship-Owner, Simon Møkster Shipping, was launched. Different personalities related to the sector have attended the ceremony as well as authorities from the Ministry of Industry


Suezmax Tankers Bullish

 Suezmax: By Palmali Group of Companies

Global fixture activity for suezmax crude tankers rose in the first quarter by 5% year on year, with most of the activity coming out of West Africa.   Suezmax fixtures out of the Caribbean rose by 48%, most of which headed to the US Gulf and East coast Panama.  


Long Beach Cargo Rises Sharply in March

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach sees jump in shipments with easing of congestion   Cargo surged upward in March at the Port of Long Beach with a 32 percent increase over the same month last year, making it the busiest March in the Port’s history.  


Migrant Crisis Intensifies with Murder Arrests, Drownings

Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as the crisis off southern Italy intensified.   Forty-one more deaths were reported in a separate incident.  


Container Volumes Jump at Port of LA

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Year-over-year Port of Los Angeles container volumes for March rise by 17 percent; second busiest month in port’s history   March containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 17.3 percent compared to the same period last year


The Deadly Migration Sea Routes in Mediterranean, 400 Died

The Italian Harbourmaster Corps (Coast Guard) rescues migrants bound for the coasts of Italy. File Photo from Archive: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

 With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have died, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way, say Italian media.  


Murmansk Region Head for Zoning Arctic Territories

Courtesy Arctic Info

  Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun, at the first meeting of the State Commission for the development of the Arctic has proposed a change to the system of energy pricing for the Murmansk region and zoning of marine areas. The authorities of the Murmansk region linked the successful


Australia: Submarines Excluded from Shipbuild Review

Pics: Australian Shipbuilders Association Limited

 The Australian Navy’s future submarine project has been excluded from the country's shipbuilding review on advice from the Abbott government that the new fleet would be built offshore.   The review’s final report, published on Thursday


The Boom Continues at Antwerp Port

Port of  Antwerp

  The port of Antwerp handled a freight volume of 51,023,670 tonnes in the first three months of this year, 5.9% more than in the same period last year. The container volume experienced rapid expansion of 8.5%, while liquid bulk for its part continued to show solid growth (up 4.7%).






 
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